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By Michael Byrne | Posted 12/3/2008

WEDNESDAY: Arizona death metal outfit Job for a Cowboy soundtracks your bad dreams at the Ottobar with Hate Eternal, All Shall Perish, Animosity, and Annotations of an Autopsy. Whoa: ska-metal party Fishbone is apparently still a band and plays Towson's Recher Theatre with Heavy Mojo, Natives of the New Dawn, and Can't Hang.

THURSDAY: Wye Oak, Baltimore's indie-rock wall of lovely, gets a root in at Washington's Black Cat with O'Death. Paleface, one of a handful of parties (like, say, Beck) responsible for the genre of songwriting dementia that's come to be known as anti-folk, stops off at the Baltimore Chop. Wonder of out-metal viscosity Boris churns, slowly, at the Ottobar with Growing and Clouds. It's a gathering of some of Baltimore's finest urban rustics tonight at the Talking Head with folk-country songwriter Caleb Stine, minimal folk experimentalist Andy Abelow, Small Sur, and New York's Stephen Strohmeier growing some kind of weird little indoor forest. Wonderfully odd jazz trio Subatomic Particles celebrate the release of their newest record at the Windup Space with Lands and Peoples.

FRIDAY: Hard rocking, no-shit-taking songwriter Elise Major is at the Sidebar with Landspeedrecord, Sound and Shape, and Blankus Larry. American primitive guitar master Max Ochs performs at the Golden West, celebrating the release of his newest record, Hooray For Another Day. Susan Alcorn casts her lovely pedal-steel spell at 2640 Space with the rarely seen--performing live, anyway--Ian Nagoski, weaving his dense electronic tapestries. Cover band extraordinaire the Egg Babies Orchestra is at the Metro Gallery. Unspecified cover band Deep Cuts does something unspecified at the Ottobar with the Motorettes, Mark Whiskey, and the Sours. Scandanavian metal outfit In Flames smolders at Rams Head Live with All That Remains, Gojira, and 36 Crazyfists. Marc Rizzo, guitarist of proto alt-metal outfit Soulfly, plays Sonar with the Condemned and Downfall. Local oddball synth-pop outfit Baby Venom is at the Hexagon with Don Pennington, Straight Cousins, and Insouciant.

SATURDAY: Guitarist Alan Licht and Walkman alchemist Aki Onda step into the Red Room at Normals Books and Records improv accelerator. Razor sharp MC Jean Grae fires off some salvos at the Black Cat with Mr. Len and Mark De Clive-Lowe. Local pop-punk foursome Secret Crush Society unleashes its newest release at the Metro Gallery, supported by locals the Jennifers (featuring City Paper copy editor Joe Tropea) and the Dirty Marmaduke Flute Squad. The Supersuckers, longtime proprietors of a certain kind of shticky booze-soaked rock, show the Ottobar a good time with Cold-Cold Heartbreakers. Country matriarch Loretta Lynn performs at Washington's 9:30 Club with the Lynns and Justin Jones. Several Species, another Pink Floyd cover band, brings its lasers to Rams Head Live. Philly mindfreak Bardo Pond does some rewiring at the Talking Head with Mopar Mountain Daredevils and DJ El Suprimo. Lafayette Gilchrist and the New Volcanos bring their bombastic jazz eruptions to the 8X10. A extreme rarity in jazz music, Billy Bang shows just what he can do with a violin and a thick groove at An die Musik. Quirk-pop good time the Art Department plays the Windup Space with Infinte Honey and Microwave Background.

SUNDAY: Slow rolling indie-pop trio the Radar Brothers are at the Black Cat with Aerialist.

MONDAY: Christian rock outfit Ivoryline sanctifies the Ottobar with In:Aviate. SR-71 puts on a benefit show for Maryland's Special Olympics at Rams Head Live that also promises Ravens players "in attendance"; Charm City Devils open. Newish Pissed Jeans side project Birth Control, as heavy and acid-wrecked as you could hope for, gets twisted at the Talking Head with the G.

TUESDAY: Oft worshipped swagger-rock outfit the Constantines play the Ottobar with Tim Fite.

WEDNESDAY: The Ottobar puts on another one of its "art fights," which is kind of just what it sounds, soundtracked this time around by local math-rock/prog band Karmella's Game, MC Lars, MC Frontalot, and YT Cracker. "Metalcore"/emo/etc. big deal Avenge Sevenfold is at Rams Head Live with Burn Halo and Burn the Fields.

IN THE WINGS: The indie-pop near-orchestra known as Los Campesinos! comes to the Ottobar Jan. 15 with Titus Andronicus. (For more information call [410] 662-0069 or visit After what seems like way too long, Lizz King returns to the local stage Jan. 9 at the Hexagon with Video Hippos, Bagger Vance, and Lemmy and Sean. (For more information visit

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